Thursday, April 27, 2017

Homespun Music Hits 50-Year Mark

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Happy and Jane Traum

Here’s some wonderful news: 2017 brings the 50th anniversary of Homespun Music, the music instructional label founded and run by folk legend Happy Traum and his wife, Jane Traum. Based in Woodstock, the company has been offering lessons by such master musicians as Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Richard Thompson, Rory Block, Rick Danko, Richie Havens, Bela Fleck, Paul Butterfield, Hubert Sumlin, Ralph Stanley, Cindy Cashdollar, and dozens of others on DVD, download, VHS, CD, cassette, and in print since 1967.

It’s impossible to calculate the numbers of aspiring—and experienced professional—musicians who’ve learned from and been inspired by the veteran players who’ve shared their skill and knowledge via Homespun’s lovingly produced products and kept musical traditions alive for future generations. In recognition of their contributions to culture and the music industry, the Traums were recently presented with the National Association of Music Merchants’ Milestone Award.

Here’s a link to a 2007 feature I wrote about Happy and Jane to commemorate Homespun’s 40th anniversary:

http://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/lessons-from-legends/Content?oid=2172148

In this classic Homespun clip, the late, great Doc Watson teaches how to play the folk standard “Salt Creek”:

Happy anniversary to Homespun Music from all of us here at Chronogram, Happy and Jane, and thanks for your essential and important work. Here’s to 50 more!

For more information, visit https://www.homespun.com/.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MOVE Music Festival Returns to Capital District

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Sawyer Fredericks
  • Sawyer Fredericks

This weekend marks the 2017 return of the MOVE Music Festival to the Capital Region, which will see 25 rising bands and solo artists performing at venues throughout Albany, Cohoes, and Troy. In addition to the many live sets, the three-day seminar will feature workshops, industry panels, and other events aimed at assisting new musicians in their careers.

Topping the bill this year is local boy done good Sawyer Fredericks, who rocketed to fame in 2015 by winning the eighth season of TV’s “The Voice.” Other acts set to appear are July Talk, Joceyln and Chris Arndt, Mister F, Alchemystics, Shinobi Ninja, Bad Mothers, DJ Y2J, Sun Voyager, Craving Strange, Bathrobe Robots, and many more.

Here’s one by July Talk:

The MOVE Music Festival will take place at venues in Albany, Cohoes, and Troy, New York, on April 27, 28, and 29. For a full schedule, tickets, and other information, visit http://www.movemusicfest.com/.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

World Class Women’s Cycling

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Jordan Apgar
  • courtesy of the Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix

On Saturday, May 6th, professional and amateur cyclists will line Rock City Road in Woodstock, as they await the starting shot of the annual 35-62-mile race, depending on category. And all of them will be women. The Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix (WWCGP) is celebrating its fifth year as the only women’s single day, out-and-back road race course in the United States. Winding its way through the best roads in Woodstock, Phoenicia, Hurley, and Saugerties, the WWCGP course includes scaling Overlook Mountain for two miles at an average seven percent grade. It ends again at Rock City Road, with an awards ceremony and BBQ at the Woodstock Community Center. It’s a great day for families to support local athletes, inspire young ones, and enjoy community.

The WWCGP is a USA Cycling sanctioned race designed with Pro, Elite, and first-time athletes all in mind. It celebrates female cyclists, who can be overlooked in the sport. “Over the four-year history of the WWCGP, we have had participants who have gone on to win medals at the Olympics, National Championships, and World Championships,” says race organizer Martin Bruhn. “Racers who attended as Category 4 years ago are now regular podium finishers in both road racing as well as cyclo-cross events.”

There are a few choice spots to watch the race and cheer on the cyclists. At the top of Meads Mountain Road in Woodstock, there’s a Tibetan monastery and the trail head for Overlook Mountain. At the intersection of Route 212 and Blue Mountain Road, there’s the Centerville firehouse. Use GPS to find Stoll Road for a stunning view that’s new to the race this year. In Phoenicia on Main Street, there’s a race within the race with a sprint prize.

At the community BBQ, there will be a band and food from local restaurants. A dedication ceremony will honor the memory of three committed advocates of the sport: Woodstock’s Town Supervisor Jeremy Wilbur, a champion of the race, passed away on New Year’s Day after a battle with cancer; Colorado’s Susie Diller was staff at USA Cycling for 13 years; and Ellen Watters was a rising star in Canadian cycling who traveled from Ottawa with friends every year to support the race, but was hit by a car from behind while riding one day last December and died. That got the race organizers even more committed to their focus on bicycling safety, and they have taken an active role in campaigning for a three-foot passing law in New York State, which would specify a minimum safe distance cars should maintain when passing cyclists.

The Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix on Rock City Road in Woodstock: Saturday, May 6th, 2017; race starts at 8am, family-friendly, community BBQ starts around 11am at the Woodstock Community Center on Rock City Road; free to watch. For more information, contact Martin Bruhn, Race Director via email at wwgcp2014@gmail.com or by phone at (845) 612-1672.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Arranged Marriage NP Performs in New Paltz

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Arranged Marriage NP

Last weekend, New Paltz indie powerhouse Team Love Records unveiled the limited-edition debut EP by local experimental duo Arranged Marriage NP—and quite an intriguing release it is.

The band is comprised of guitarist Jerry Adler (Wave Sleep Wave, the Blam, Flugente) and sitarist Mustafa Bhagat (Biryani Boys) and creates compelling, drone-heavy, experimental ambient sounds. “We call them ‘sonic ragas’” says Adler, quite fittingly, as a spin of the self-titled, four-cut disc reveals. To celebrate the release, the pair will perform on April 20 at Smolen Observatory on the SUNY New Paltz campus tonight at 7:30pm. The event is free. For more information, call (845) 257-1110 or visit http://www.meetup.com/mhastro/events/229425211/.

Meanwhile, get a taste of the twosome’s mind-expanding art below:

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hugh Brodie (1937-2017)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Hugh Brodie
  • Hugh Brodie

Between this month’s earlier posts about Roswell Rudd’s new video and Joe Lovano’s recent show in Kingston, there’s been some healthy jazz love here at the Daily Dose lately. Today’s entry continues that trend, but, unfortunately, the occasion is a somber one: Renowned area saxophonist Hugh Brodie passed away on April 5 at the age of 84.

Hugh Abdullah Rashid Brodie was born in Warren County, North Carolina, in 1933. A cousin of the great Ella Fitzgerald, he played clarinet, flute, and sang but was mainly known for his work on the tenor and soprano saxophones. His discography is, regrettably, thin, and the few records he made are misguided commercial jazz funk exercises instead of the robust hard bop he’s known for; hopefully, some more representative archival recordings will emerge in the years to come. Brodie played for a time in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band and lived in Monticello, was a regular presence on the Hudson Valley jazz scene. He leaves behind a wife, three daughters, a granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.

Here he is leading his Cosmic Ensemble at the Falcon in 2007:



A celebration of Hugh Brodie’s life and music will take place at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, on a future date. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Vanaver Caravan Summer Dance Programs

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF THE VANAVER CARAVAN
  • courtesy of The Vanaver Caravan

In the mornings, they dance–exploring creative movement or beginning modern, world dance, American folk, and multi-cultural dance traditions. In that way, the children discover what it means, first-hand, that The Vanaver Caravan (the Hudson Valley-based choreography and music nonprofit organization which provides dance education and local and international performance opportunities) inspires the harmonious co-existence of world cultures and traditions. In the afternoons, there are nature hikes, scavenger hunts, theater games, painting, arts and crafts, stories, and song. And every year, the children meet a fairy. The CaravanKids Summer Workshop is a week of adventure, movement, art, imagination, and creativity, held at Stone Mountain Farm in the shadow of the Shawangunk Mountains, about a mile north of New Paltz.

The Vanaver Caravan was established in 1972 by musician/composer Bill Vanaver and dancer/choreographer Livia Drapkin Vanaver. “It grew out of both of our loves of traditional dance around the world, choreography, and composition,” says Livia Vanaver. “It’s a repository for all the work that we love to do, which is eclectic.” During the year, they offer weekly classes for all levels, and immersive arts-education programs for different grade levels in schools. In the summer, there are the summer programs.

In SummerDance on Tour, a three-week workshop, students ages nine through teen are also engaged in a variety of dance forms and styles, expanding perceptions and vocabulary in the world of dance and piquing performance skills. “It was originally a way for us to give extra focus and intensive dance experience to our students who, during the school year, may only get to take class once or twice a week,” explains Vanaver. However, the SummerDance on Tour program attracts a broad spectrum of students from all over–both locals and students who only come to the Hudson Valley in the summer. “We develop a year’s worth of work during the summer. You’re dancing eighteen hours a week, so the growth is so much deeper with this built focus.”

The Vanaver Caravan summer programs have been held at Stone Mountain Farm for the past 25 years, in partnership with Robin and Stephen Larson, who started the Center for Symbolic Studies. The dance day takes place on the outdoor stage, and there’s a smaller, indoor movement studio available. Surrounded by several hundred acres of nature, it’s a beautiful place to foster a love of dance or delve even more deeply into one.

Summer Programs with The Vanaver Caravan at Stone Mountain Farm near New Paltz: CaravanKids for ages 4-8 runs July 17 – 21 and costs $225-$350; SummerDance on Tour for ages 9-teen runs July 24 - August 13 and costs $350-$900. For more info, visit their website.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Tinker Street

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Upstate artist, bookmaker, fine press publisher, and Bearsville resident, Maureen Cummins, has launched a new literary journal inspired by Woodstock’s Main Street. Launched after the Trump election on November 9, 2016, Tinker Street is a journal with a variety of visual art, poetry, non-fiction essays, and political commentary/satire from local writers, artists, and activists. Production of the journal is hand bound, partially hand printed. The inaugural issue, released on March 13, 2017, features work from some familiar names who you may have seen in Chronogram like Jana Martin, Nina Shengold, Sari Botton, and many others. The first series of readings by some of the contributing authors will be held at The Golden Notebook in Woodstock on Sunday, May 28 at 3:00. Copies of the journal will be for sale and refreshments will be served. Copies of the journal can also be purchased my mail for $24. Send a check to the attention c/o. Tinker Street, PO Box 252, Bearsville, NY 12409. Copies are also currently available at Barner Books in New Paltz; Half Moon Books in Kingston; Rhine Records in Kingston.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Contemporaneous Premieres New Works in Tivoli

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Contemporaneous
  • Contemporaneous

Born at Bard College in 2010 and now based in New York, the ensemble known as Contemporaneous has made itself quite a name in the music world, performing with artists as diverse as David Byrne, Donnacha Dennehy, Andrew Norman, Dawn Upshaw, and Julia Wolfe and appearing at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and other prestigious venues. This Saturday, the 21-member unit comes home, or close to it, for a special and highly intimate performance project at Murray’s cafe in Tivoli titled “Transcendental Geometry.”

“Transcendental Geometry” presents four world premieres of large-scale new music written by composers Kyle Gann, Shawn Jaeger, Kristofer Svennson, and Katherine Balch, all of which utilize non-traditional tunings. “Not often do audiences have the opportunity to hear radically new, precise, and beautiful harmonies created by such a large ensemble,” says the group. “By commissioning and performing new works using non-Western tunings, Contemporaneous seeks to expand our vision for what music can be, down to the very notes themselves.”

Here, the group performs Andrew Norman’s “Try” at the Bang on a Can Marathon in 2014:

Contemporaneous will present “Transcendental Geometry” at Murray’s in Tivoli on April 15 at 8pm. Admission is $20. For more information, call (845) 757-6003 or visit http://murraystivoli.com/.

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Woodstock Bookfest

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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The Woodstock Writers Festival has changed its name. Now known as Woodstock Bookfest, the event has announced its lineup of panels, keynote speakers, and workshops for 2017. The four-day event will take place April 27-30, with nearly 1,500 participants expected to stop by the event in Woodstock. The event’s name changed to increase the reach of the festival to welcome in readers and book lovers, as well as any writers. Martha Frankel, Woodstock Bookfest founder and executive director said, “We have a new name and are excited to bring you our legendary story slam and not-to-be-missed panels, speakers, workshops, and of course, parties.”

Steven Tobolowsky, best known as Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day will be at the Bearsville Theater to discuss his book, My Adventures with God on Friday, April 28. His book being a funny and introspective collection of love, catastrophe, and triumph through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is God.

Joe Donohue of WAMC will interview Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Profesor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion. The interview will take place at Kleienert/James Center for the Arts in Kingston on Saturday, April 29.

Full festival passes are available as well as one-day intensives ranging from $250-450. Individual event tickets range from $15-25.

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